Roberto Benigni's holy fan -- The Pope enjoyed the actor/director's ''Life Is Beautiful''

Roberto Benigni has been blessed with the biggest of fans: the Pope. And the pontiff bestowed more than just a thumbs-up on the Italian actor-director after screening his bittersweet Life Is Beautiful in January. ”The Pope gave him [a gift of] rosary beads,” says Miramax cochairman Harvey Weinstein, whose studio owns the film. ”They let me touch them.” Benigni, in fact, carried the holy beads to last month’s Golden Globes. Alas, Life wasn’t nominated that night, but maybe Benigni was just praying for an Oscar nod.